Piano and percussion duo to perform guest recital Nov. 12 at TJC

The dynamic musical duo of Jani Parsons and Chris Sies will perform a guest recital 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in Jean Browne Theatre on the TJC main campus.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

“We’re excited to have Jani Parsons and Chris Sies perform on our campus,” said Gjergji Gaqi, TJC music professor. “They will present an ambitious program of modern pieces including works by such composers as Christopher Cerrone, John Cage, Claude Debussy and more.”

Jani Parsons is an award-winning Canadian pianist and teacher, exploring diverse interests in performance, pedagogy, theory, and new music performance. She serves on the piano faculty at Baylor University and teaches online-lessons to advanced students.

An active collaborator, Parsons has performed with members of Bang On A Can All-stars, New Music Detroit, Eighth Blackbird, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Fifth House Ensemble, and members of the Detroit and Chicago Symphony Orchestras.

She has appeared in educational residencies at the New England Conservatory, University of Minnesota, Indiana University, Northwestern University and University of Southern Mississippi, and has served as faculty at the Fresh Inc festival and Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. 

Chris Sies is a percussionist and composer originally from Manchester, Maryland. He is currently working on a release under his solo noise-metal moniker S[K]IES and serves on percussion faculty at Baylor University.

A diverse performer praised for his “virtuoso flair” (Detroit Free Press), Sies has appeared with the United States Navy Band and performed at such events as the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, New Music Gathering, the Midwest Composers Symposium, and the University of Toledo's Festival of New Music.

His most recent collaboration with dancer/choreographer Maddy Rager entitled (renewed) was featured at the American College Dance Association's National Gala in Washington D.C. which included several performances at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

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